Emirates Airlines is embarking on a major expansion of its network, with three additional destinations to be launched in the next six months. From 1 November, Emirates will launch four weekly flights to Adelaide from Dubai, growing to a daily service from 1 February 2013. Adelaide will become Emirates’ fifth destination in Australia.
The current twice daily service to Perth will expand to 19 weekly flights from 1 December, becoming a triple daily operation from 1 March next year.
“Emirates is currently in a concentrated and sustained period of global expansion,” said His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group (Pictured). “The addition of Adelaide to our network and the boost to our Perth operations demonstrates our commitment to investment and growth in our Australian operations and highlights the economic strength and global demand for the two cities as business, leisure and investment destinations. We will also grow capacity to Melbourne with the introduction of daily A380 services in October, in addition to our existing double decker flight into Sydney.”
The French city of Lyon will also be added to Emirates’ network from 5 December, making it their third French destination along with Paris and Nice, plus a daily service to Warsaw, Poland will begin on 6 February 2013.
The airline currently has a fleet of 176 aircraft, including the world’s largest Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 fleet, flying to 124 destinations and supported globally by more than 60,000 staff.
Emirates has one of the world’s most generous baggage policies, allowing passengers in Economy 30 kg, Business 40 kg and First 50 kg of checked baggage. These generous allowances are a huge bonus to Australians, who always seem to travel with a lot of luggage. When planning a trip and choosing an airline, I am sure generous baggage allowances act as an incentive to book with Emirates. Sandra T.